Carfree in Shanghai?
- Maybe they'd like to replicate a carfree Brugges? Rothenburg ob der
Tauber? Vieux Lyon?
China Gets Its Own Slice of English Countryside
Morning Edition, December 12, 2006 · Shanghai's city planners are
carrying out an ambitious scheme to relieve population pressure: They
are resettling 500,000 people in nine new towns in the suburbs. Each
is built in a distinctive style, including an Italian town with
canals based on Venice and a German town designed by Albert Speer,
the son of Hitler's favorite architect.
Thames Town is one of these new settlements. It features cobbled
streets, half-timbered Tudor houses, Edwardian townhouses, and a
covered market with a clock tower and weather vane on top. Thames
Town looks like an English country town. And that was the whole idea,
to re-create Middle England in the Middle Kingdom.
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